Movie Review: The Dark Knight Rises

Has Christopher Nolan EVER made a bad movie?  The answer continues to be “no.”

“The Dark Knight Rises” is a magnificent way to close out an exciting trilogy.

After eight years of self-imposed exile, the caped crusader (Christian Bale) deals with an urban terrorist called Bane (Tom Hardy.)  Batman’s alter ego, Bruce Wayne, hides away in Wayne Manor, but no longer.  He emerges as well, after catching a young woman rifling his safe.

The Catwoman’s (Anne Hathaway) strange agenda is somehow connected to an overall master plot to bring Gotham City to its knees.  Bane seems to have everything working to his advantage, but it’s a grand mystery what he’s up to.

There are quite a few new characters in “The Dark Knight Rises,” and that’s the way Nolan likes it.  Nolan’s films are intelligent, complex and scream for repeat viewings.  Warner Brothers won’t mind a bit.  Just look how the director’s earlier films have fared at the box office.  I’ve seen “Inception” at least a dozen times and could watch it again tonight without thinking twice.

Getting back to “The Dark Knight Rises,” that’s about as much description as you will find in my review.  Getting into the story is half the fun and I don’t want to rob you of that pleasure.  It’s a story that demands your full attention.  Besides the stellar screenplay and amazing cast, you just have to MARVEL at how Nolan interweaves his characters.  And, unlike the second film, I found the last 45 minutes of “The Dark Knight Rises” to be the strongest act.  The twists, the turns and the reveals are first-rate.

Get out there, Batfans!  See it.  Grade: A

Fast Facts:

Release Date: July 20, 2012

Runtime: 165 minutes

Rated: PG-13

Formats: IMAX and D-Box available

Released by Warner Brothers